Country music always seems to be the butt of all jokes in the music industry. Twang and hicks, music that only rednecks would like. Can’t recall how many times I have heard ‘I love all music, but country! Hate country.’ Without giving the music a try. While there is some country music with the twang and the old country sound, country music has evolved into an amazing genre. On the 5th of June, CMT had their yearly awards and showcased some of the best that country had to offer. The CMTAawards were amazing this year and they showed that country music is here to kick some butt and take some names.
CMT has always been known to bring together a country artist with another genre artist with their show CMT Crossroads. The opening performance kicked off with host Jason Aldean and Lenny Kravitz performing a rocking performance of Kravitz’s ‘American Woman’. This performance was full of high energy, and it was a song that almost every one knows. The show had another combination with Florida Georgia Line and rapper/singer Nelly. The performance of ‘Cruise’ was talk worthy. It was a great way to end the show and showcased perfectly that it is possible for two different genres to come together and put together not only a great song but a great performance. Just because somebody is in a different style of music, doesn’t necessarily mean that they hate that genre.
One of the buzzmakers of the night was the new sensation of Hunter Hayes. Hunter is quickly taking not only the country world by storm but also the popular music. The 21 year old country singer, is the youngest male to ever have a number one on the country charts. MTV calls him the ‘Justin Beiber of country’ (to which I find insulting). Hunter Hayes is clearly going to be a big threat in the country world. Not only is he a great singer/songwriter, he can also bring an energy to the crowd. Hunter Hayes is bringing a new life to country music and getting a younger generation back into it.
Another performance that stood out was Little Big Town. Keith Urban introduced them on stage by saying they were performing a song by Fleetwood Mac who had inspired them. Fleetwood Mac has always been one of my favorite classic rock artists so I was excited to hear them cover this iconic song. For the duration of the song, you forget that Little Big Town is a country group. What made the performance even better was when suddenly Keith Urban suddenly rose up and started belting out an amazing guitar solo. Their performance was certainly one of my favorites of the night and has left me still talking about it. People say that all country music does is talk about beer and tractors, but clearly country music is so much more than that. It’s a little bit of everything.
They saved one of the best performances for last. Carrie Underwood is one of the most powerful women in country music and I consider her to be the current queen of country music. Carrie, who never forgets where she came from, was performing her latest single ‘See You Again’. This performance was very special and touching, dedicating it to her home state of Oklahoma after the tragic tornadoes. Carrie spent the performance trying to hold back tears, but still managed to hit all of her notes perfectly and beautifully. Carrie proved once again that country music sings from raw emotion and that the people involved really do care. Country music isn’t just about trucks and whiskey, it’s about life and everything in it.
All jokes aside, whether people want to admit it or not, country music is the genre to be in right now. It has both pop and rock elements and can connect perfectly to it’s audience. Country music is growing and there is something for everything. CMTAwards were a perfect showcase for showing it, and I cannot wait to see what happens next for country music.